A glimpse of Mobile’s architectural beauty—5 stunning spots

Old City Hall In Mobile.
Old City Hall in Mobile is now home to the History Museum of Mobile. (Elizabeth Winsor / The Bama Buzz)

If you love history and architecture, Mobile is a must-visit. The countless buildings and homes around the Mobile area tell stories of the people that came before us. Keep reading to learn more about the captivating architectural legacy of the Port City!

Historic Oakleigh House

The Historic Oakleigh House is one of the largest T-shaped homes in Alabama. (Elizabeth Winsor / The Bama Buzz)

Built in 1833 by James W. Roper, the Historic Oakleigh House is a gorgeous and well-preserved example of Greek revival architecture. This style of architecture was inspired by the symmetry and simpleness of the ancient Greek temples from centuries before.

Oakleigh is one of the largest T-shaped homes in the state. The design enhances airflow, which makes sense given Mobile’s reputation for anything but sweater weather. This antebellum home also features a beautiful staircase the leads to the living area of the home on the second floor.

Check out their tour dates/times to see this stunning architecture for yourself!

Barton Academy

Barton Academy was the first public school built in Alabama. (Elizabeth Winsor / The Bama Buzz)

Barton Academy was constructed in 1836 with the help of three architects—James Gallier Sr, James Dakin and Charles Dakin. Similar to the Historic Oakleigh House, Barton is another aesthetic example of Greek revival architecture. The columned rotunda atop the school and the vast cast-iron fence surrounding the building are notable features of this particular architecture style.

The school was renovated in 2013 after six years of vacancy, restoring it to its original beauty. Barton Academy is still an active public school in Mobile today.

Tacon-Barfield Mansion

The Tacon-Barfield Mansion in Mobile is a beautiful tribute to early architecture. (Elizabeth Winsor / The Bama Buzz)

Built in 1901 by Henry Tacon, the Tacon-Barfield Mansion is a fabulous example of Victorian architecture. This style of architecture came about during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837-1901. The roof towers, wraparound front porch and complex roof lines show off this home’s true Victorian style.

Old City Hall

Old City Hall has served the Mobile community for 166 years. (Elizabeth Winsor / The Bama Buzz)

Old City Hall was originally built in 1857 to be used as a city hall and a marketplace for local farmers and other vendors to sell their goods. This enormous building is an example of Italianate architecture, a style that originated in Italy during the 16th century. The tall windows and exquisite detail on the exterior are just two of several Italianate features that this building showcases.

Today, the History Museum of Mobile operates at this location. Click here to see dates and times that you can go visit this spot for yourself!

Vincent-Doan House

The Vincent-Doan House is now the location of the Mobile Medical Museum. (Elizabeth Winsor / The Bama Buzz)

As the oldest home in Mobile that is still standing in its original location since 1827, the Vincent-Doan House is rich in the city’s history. This historic home is the rumored to be the oldest remaining example of French Creole architecture in the city of Mobile. French Creole architecture can be classified as a branch of the American Colonial architecture style seen primarily in Louisiana.

The Vincent-Doan House’s gorgeous columns are one of the main features of the French Creole style.

Click here to find out when you can visit this history hotspot!

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